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Jay Z Helped Outfit Brooklyn Nets In “I Can’t Breathe” Shirts

He didn’t wear one, but LeBron did.

December 09, 2014

UPDATE 12/10/14 2:12 p.m: Well, now we know why Jay Z didn't wear one of the shirts: The New York Times reports that Jay opted out of donning one himself because the shirts were too big. "He's not going to put on a 2XL that goes down to his knees," said Michael Skolnik, political director for Russell Simmons.

Last night, while a mass of protestors gathered outside Brooklyn's Barclays Center, a number of Nets players hit the court for warmups in "I Can't Breathe" tees in support of the family of slain Staten Island resident Eric Garner. On Twitter, journalist and Decoded co-author Dream Hampton confirmed that the shirts, which were made by the New York Justice Defense League, were given to the players by none other than Jay Z. (A number of Cavaliers players, including LeBron James, also wore shirts of their own.) It's too bad, however, that Jay chose not to wear one while greeting the visiting royals—it would have matched his Buddha hand necklace nicely.

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Jay Z Helped Outfit Brooklyn Nets In “I Can’t Breathe” Shirts